After a gruelling five-match schedule , played on one of the warmest days of the year, our third/fourth class hurlers won four matches to capture the “B” title in the annual Lucan Sarsfields blitz.
The squad consisted of a combination of players, some of whom starred for the senior team this year, others who are regulars on the junior team, and three stars of the future from second class who received a last minute call up due to the non availability of some regulars.
Opposition was provided by two teams from St Mary’s, Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada and Lucan Educate Together.
Ironically, Scoil Mhuire’s best performance probably came in the first match, against St Mary’s B, which was the only one they lost. They went on to win four in a row, finishing off by beating GS Eiscir Riada in the B final.
Every one of the fourteen players contributed to the cause.
Special mention to Gareth Kennedy, Diarmuid Keher and Trevon Olatunde from second class who were all winning their first “caps” for Scoil Mhuire. They each got stuck in and have a great future in the Scoil Mhuire jersey.
Thomas Kelly got a late call up and contributed very well to the cause.
Stephen Mc Inerney and Aaron Fitzpatrick flew the flag for third class, and Aaron scored a vital goal in the third match.
Conall Chambers scored two cracking goals in the final group match to ensure we qualified for the B final.
Mark Gormley continued his scintillating form, starring in goal, outfield , water carrier, manager , referee and umpire, as well as making a guest appearance for Lucan Educate Together. Mr Egan is believed to have turned down a large transfer bid.
Seán Egan was outstanding in the full back line, making a series of crucial clearances in every game.
Philip Kane returned from an injury lay off(and from Twickenham) to add considerable stability to the team.
Luke Finnerty was given day release from his goalkeeping duties to play a starring role outfield.
He scored two goals early in the final to give Scoil Mhuire a nice lead which they never surrendered.
Cian Hyland was the surprise package and his super performances ensured he will be featuring for the junior team in their last two matches.
Cian Buckley once again was like the Rock of Gibraltar. Strong, tall and impassable.
Charlie Keher combined a very skilful display with a fantastic work rate, running himself practically to a standstill.
Once again, most of the boys play hurling regularly with Sarsfields and the future for Scoil Mhuire looks very bright.